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I Was a Dancerby Jacques Damboise
Synopses & Reviews
From one of America’s finest, and most celebrated, classical dancers; former principal dancer for more than three decades with the New York City Ballet—the irresistible story of an exhilarating life in dance.
He writes of the New York City Ballet and those at its center: Lincoln Kirstein; Jerome Robbins; George Balanchine (“With Robbins, you were amplified; with Balanchine, you were transformed”), as well as the ballerinas who were Balanchine’s muses—Maria Tallchief, Tanaquil LeClercq, Allegra Kent, Melissa Hayden, and Suzanne Farrell among them—and with whom d’Amboise had the privilege of partnering . . . about the ballets he danced (he had more works choreographed on him by Balanchine than any other dancer) . . . on courting one of the members of the company who became his wife . . . on the mentors, teachers, and choreographers with whom d’Amboise worked long before they became legends: Antony Tudor, Frederick Ashton, Martha Graham, among them . . .
A riveting, magical book, as transformative as dancing itself.
Book News Annotation:
A lively memoir of an extraordinary life. D'Amboise (b. 1934), a protégé of George Balanchine, was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for more than 33 years (he began there at age 15). In 1976 he founded National Dance Institute, where children have been taught to dance for several decades. This account describes his childhood, training, and career. B&w photos are included. Annotation Â©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Jacques d’Amboise joined the New York City Ballet at fifteen, became principal dancer at seventeen, and remained so for the next thirty-five years. He has appeared in the films Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Carousel, The Best Things in Life Are Free, Watching Ballet, and Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 1976, he founded the National Dance Institute, an arts education program, and is the author of Teaching the Magic of Dance (1983). He lives in New York City and Hunter, New York.
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